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Hurricane Irma evacuees can now take refuge in Greensboro. Fifth NC shelter opens.

A fifth North Carolina shelter for evacuees from Hurricane Irma opened here at noon Sunday.

The Greensboro shelter is meant to temporarily house those evacuees who've traveled from places hardest hit by the storm.

Because many people fleeing Irma have sought refuge in Noth Carolina, hotel rooms have become increasingly hard to find.

The shelter is operated by the American Red Cross and is located at 2305 Soabar Street.

“It looks like North Carolina will be lucky to not have serious impacts from Irma, but we are prepared to assist evacuees from other states who need a safe place to wait out the storm,” said N.C. Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “These shelters will provide temporary resources for people and their pets to rest.”

North Carolina Emergency Management is working with the American Red Cross and county emergency managers help evacuees. Four other North Carolina shelters opened on Saturday and all are capable of accepting pets. They are located at:

▪ Gaston County: Gaston County Resource Center, 1303 Dallas Cherryville Highway, Dallas 28034.

▪ Henderson County: East Henderson High School, 110 Upward Road, Hendersonville 28726.

▪ Johnston County: Johnston County Industries, 912 N. Brightleaf Boulevard, Smithfield 27577.

▪ Mecklenburg County: (OLD) J.M. Alexander Middle School, 12010 Hambright Road, Huntersville 28078.

Additionally, in response to N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s activation order, the North Carolina National Guard opened three staging areas to support local authorities.

Approximately 315 soldiers and airmen were deployed to staging centers in Asheville, Greensboro and Charlotte.

Cooper was expected to visit the Greensboro staging area at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks